Allen Sandy is a maker from West
Virginia and is one of the top makers today. This rifle is
probably one of my favorites that he has made. He has styled
this one after a rifle that could have come out of the
Roanoke area in the lower Valley of Virginia and has done
some very fine details on it.
First off it has an exceptional piece
of figured maple for the stock. It has a burl/flame pattern
in the figure. A stock with nice even curly pattern is nice
but I prefer wood like this. The pattern seems to give the
stock more 'life' and uniqueness. Not sure who made the
barrel, Colerain or Rice, but it's 44" long, swamped and in
.50 caliber with an aged surface. The lock is a Chamber's
English style that has been nicely engraved and file work
done on the frizzen spring. It looks like the buttplate and
guard are standard castings with the rest of the parts being
handmade by Allen. The brass is all aged and the handmade
patchbox has a silver overlay with a dogwood flower engraved
on it. The stock is raised carved with scrolls and stylized
tobacco leaves and there are silver wire tendrils here and
there to accent the carving. The tang apron has beautiful
wire work and dots as well. The touch hole pick under the
cheek is a nice added touch.
The rifle has been fired but not a lot
looking at the wear on the frizzen face. The bore is
excellent. Overall it looks new. The gun balances and
shoulders very well. For the quality of work and parts, this
rifle is priced much lower than it's worth. I don't think it
will last long before it's sold.
Weight is 9 lbs 5 ozs. Pull is 13½".
Has a ¼" castoff.